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Pioneer Previews: Park Rapids band concert set for Sunday

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The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. today at Park Rapids High School with guest artist Myroslava Hawryluk, a clarinetist and Yamaha clinician.

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Hawryluk is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead and has completed the coursework for her doctorate at the University of Arizona and awaiting dissertation review. She has been conducting free clinics for clarinet at all levels at Park Rapids high schools, a rare opportunity for students to learn from a professional level artist in a master class setting.

Ms. Hawryluk will perform two concert selections with PRACB: “Centerpiece for Clarinet, Winds and Percussion” by James Curnow, written for the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Band, and “Viktor’s Tale” by John Williams, for the soundtrack of the movie “The Terminal.”

Her husband, Scott Hagen, the director of bands at the University of Utah, is also a Concordia graduate and will be featured guest conductor of the PRACB concert.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as administered through the Region 2 Arts Council.

  • The first-ever Bemidji Chorale Archives Concert will begin at 7 p.m. today. The Chorale is directed by Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff. A free-will offering will be accepted at the conclusion of the concert and the public is invited to enjoy an ice cream social and talk with Chorale members and others. As a side note on the program, the Bemidji Chorale is looking for tenors for next year’s concerts. If someone is interested, please talk to Patricia Mason or leave a note for her with one of the members holding free-will baskets.

  • Opera Night Gala tickets are going quickly, contact Fulton Gallagher at fgallagh@paulbunyan.net for more information or to register. The tickets this year are $65 for dinner. The show featuring Matt Goinz (baritone) and J. Warren Mitchell (tenor) is returning this year.

MONDAY
  • The Northern Artist Association will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Tom Kirkpatrick will be holding a program on wood block art.

WEDNESDAY
  • Northern Exposure of Lifelong Learning has finished its spring lecture series. Do you have a collection or hobby for this fall’s “fair” to share our interests? Contact Tamara at 218-694-2856.

FRIDAY
  • “Tom Jones,” an adult comedy with a PG-13 rating, will open at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Complex for the Arts on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. It is based on the novel by Henry Fielding which chronicles the young adult life of Tom Jones, the ward of Squire Allworthy who adopted the baby supposedly borne by one of his servants and the local barber. Tom, as played by Brett Cease, is a shy young man who does not understand his attraction to the women he encounters and the malice of most of the men in his life. A stellar cast is directed by Derrick Houle for Bemidji Community Theater. The PG-13 rating is due to sexual innuendo. Tickets are $6 children and $12 for adults now at Iverson Corner Drug and Shannon’s Art & Soul in downtown Bemidji and Ken K. Thompson at the new north store at Ridgeway Avenue and Paul Bunyan Drive, or at the door the day of performance.

SATURDAY
  • “Tom Jones,” an adult comedy with a PG-13 rating, will open at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Complex for the Arts on the campus of BSU. A stellar cast is directed by Derrick Houle for Bemidji Community Theater. The PG-13 rating is due to sexual innuendo. Tickets are $6 children and $12 for adults now at Iverson Corner Drug and Shannon’s Art & Soul in downtown Bemidji and Ken K. Thompson at its new store, or at the door the day of performance.

ART INSTALLATIONS
  • Art installations for May can be found at watermarkartcenter.org in the pull-down “First Friday Art Walk.”

  • “Nature struggles with winter, Springtime rising up, the warm breezes give us hope.” Hope House members will present a watercolor/acrylic and haiku display titled “Spring Time Rising” at the Bemidji Public Library during the month of May.

  • Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, “Hurry Summer” March through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

  • RavenRock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and the Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibit by guest multimedia artists Barbara and Michael Hoet through June 1, 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 102.

UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Monthly Bemidji Public Library book discussion series will meet at noon June 2 and 7 p.m. June 3 with “Capitol Hell” by Jayne J. Jones and Alicia M. Long, former aides for   Sen. Norm Coleman. The book tells the stories of their adventures in Washington D.C. using fictional characters. There are extra books at the library.

  • The 2014 Summer Recital Series of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians begins at noon, lasting until 12:30 p.m., on June 4 with Turtle Island Ensemble: Sarah Carlson (piano), Andrew Ronnevik (violin) and Jon Romer (native flute) at the First Lutheran Church. The series will run every Wednesday until the last one by Sarah Carlson on Aug. 27 at First Lutheran. There are some returning musicians and new players to see and hear this summer.

  • Paul Bunyan Playhouse opens its summer season with the comedy “Noises Off” on June 4.

  • The Bemidji Public Library Book Festival will be from June 16 until the  Book Fair on June 21. A quick summary of the schedule will show that there is a children’s book author giving a presentation to children and multi-generational audiences every morning at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Every afternoon at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday there is a workshop on writing or publishing. The workshops do have limited seating for a small group and intimate setting which requires advance registration.  Every evening, Monday through Thursday, there is an author of adult books giving a presentation. The Festival’s Friday late afternoon and evening schedule features our very own area writers hosted at the American Legion. It begins at 5 p.m. with the Area Author Showcase with a dozen or more area authors available to meet and greet readers and sell books. At 7 p.m. it will segue into our Evening of Poetry with Minnesota poet (and very funny fellow) Matt Mauch.  Matt will lead the ever-popular Poetry Slam.  Watch for announcements of the “Showcase Call For Authors” and the “Call For Poets” for the Slam, as well as the full schedule of events. These will be published soon.

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